Beach Volleyball is the fastest growing NCAA sport in history. In just under three years, it has qualified to hold an NCAA championship. ESPN began its first year of live TV coverage of the NCAA beach volleyball national championship televising every match from all 5 courts. With this growth and opportunities to play at the collegiate level, high schools are starting to develop beach volleyball programs. Florida high schools have jumped in with around 50 teams participating in 2017-2018 school year. Although high school beach volleyball teams can compete against each other, beach volleyball is not recognized, or officially sanctioned, by the Florida High School Athletic Association. These high schools are permitted to play due to a separate governing body called the Sunshine State Athletic Conference. Under the governing body of Sunshine State Athletic Conference, high school beach volleyball is technically a club sport and not an officially sanctioned sport. Only the FHSAA can officially sanction a sport in Florida. Arizona has already done it and California is close behind. If Florida is going to play its logical role as a leader in juniors beach volleyball, we need it to be an official high school sport.
As it is BeachBallers’ mission to grow the juniors game, we want to join, and have you join, the effort to get beach volleyball recognized by FHSAA. For the further development of the sport, having beach volleyball sanctioned in the state of Florida will:
- Increase school budgets for beach volleyball equipment and facilities
- Expand overall participation of the sport in non-participating schools
- Permit an official state championship and state records
In order to get beach volleyball sanctioned, we have to get high schools themselves to petition. We need help getting all these signatures, so you can do your part by asking your high school administration (if you are a high school student/coach) to sign a petition to get beach volleyball sanctioned. We can provide you with a template for that petition.
You can also do your part by signing a separate petition if you are a parent, player, or fellow activist interested in growing the sport by making it officially sanctioned in Florida. Check back with us as we are developing an online petition to take to FHSAA showing the level of sport hat already is here in Florida.
SSAC and USAV’s Florida Region have done a great job taking the lead and getting high school teams playing in Florida. Now the sport is ready for the next level and only FHSAA can make that happen.